The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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February 22, 2013

TIGHT KNIT

Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — The growing creative corridor in the village’s downtown business district is home to a supportive community of hardcore knitters.

A Knitters Corner owner Erin Karnatz said her West Center Street shop is a place where a group of several dozen regulars come together to work on their projects and socialize over a shared passion.

That was evident Wednesday, when a group gathered to cozily work on scarves, sweaters and socks away from the windy winter evening. A feeling of collective energy fed from the rhythmic action happening around a table in the middle of the shop’s main room.

“We are very supportive of one another,” said Karnatz, whose mom Cheryl and son Rowan were among those working on projects Wednesday. “We’re productive, it’s nice to have something to do.”

While knitting appeals to broad spectrum of tastes, with traditionalists and modern techniques, there is a common thread connecting many of the shop’s regulars, who come to Medina from miles around.

“We have a lot of teachers and nurses,” Karnatz said while running down a list of the most-frequent customers and workshop attendees.

“It’s stress relief,” Lois Donovan, a teacher at Wise Middle School, explained.

The business was launched in 2002 by Jennifer Bansbach at a spot in Millville before moving to the R.H. Newell Building in Medina three years later.

Karnatz, who became a partner in the business following the move and took over the shop last year, said there’s a boost of excitement each time new supply of yarn comes in.

“That’s the fun part, all the colors and textures,” Karnatz said before a towering shelves packed with color. “I like ordering new yarns and opening the boxes when they come in.”

Karnatz noted the explosion in new varieties of yarn has created opportunities for all kinds of projects. While the best wool had to be imported from Scotland 60 years ago, new mixtures of all kinds of fibers, from locally-grown alpaca wool to cotton blends are now available on short notice.

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